How to watch the 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season – live streams from anywhere

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 NIEL BELGIUM  NOVEMBER 11 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix  during the 9th Superprestige Niel  Jaarmarktcross 2020 Women Elite  Superprestige2021 SPNiel  on November 11 2020 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
NIEL BELGIUM NOVEMBER 11 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 9th Superprestige Niel Jaarmarktcross 2020 Women Elite Superprestige2021 SPNiel on November 11 2020 in Niel Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season has been reduced and put behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organisers urging spectators to watch the races from the safety of their homes.

The best way to watch the action while staying clear of COVID-19 is to follow it online or on television, and what better place than right here on Cyclingnews?

We'll bring you full coverage of all the major races, with reports, results, and news throughout the winter.

Read on to find out how to watch the 2020-2021 cyclo-cross season via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.

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The UCI Cyclo-cross calendar has been slashed by cancellations across North America and peppered across Europe, but there is still a hearty calendar of racing throughout the winter to entertain us on the weekends.

Five of the World Cup rounds, the Telenet Superprestige, the X2O Trophy series and the World Championships are going ahead over the course of 10 weeks under strict protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Superprestige

The Superprestige got under way in Gieten in October, with Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) taking the early leads.

While Alvarado then nabbed a second victory in Ruddervoorde, Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen) beat Aerts and then moved into the series lead by one point by taking second behind teammate Laurens Sweeck in Niel. After two podium placings, Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise) got the better of Alvarado in Niel.

Round 4, last weekend, took place on a new course in Merksplas. The former Hoogstraten round was to debut 10km down the road in Merksplas last February, but the race was cancelled due to a severe winter storm.

The men's race saw Michael Vanthourenhout come out on top, ahead of teammates Eli Iserbyt and Laurens Sweeck, making it a Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal clean sweep of the podium, with Iserbyt doing enough to retain his overall lead.

In the women's race at Merksplas, it was again Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) who took the win, ahead of Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix), with Alvarado now holding just a one-point lead over Brand overall, midway through the series.

X2O Trophy

The Koppenbergcross was the first round of the time-based X2O Trophy, where Iserbyt used his climbing prowess to take a commanding victory, beating Lars van der Haar (Telenet Baloise) by nearly a minute. Annemarie Worst (777) claimed a narrow win over Brand and Yara Kastelijn (Credishop-Fristads).

The series continues this Saturday in Kortrijk, Belgium, with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) set to return to racing there in the men's event, which begins at 15:00 CET, which is preceded by the women's race at 13:45 CET.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

The first round of the 2020-2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup takes place on Sunday in Tabor, in the Czech Republic, with the series having increased importance due to the UCI's revised rules for the season. The World Championships starting order will be largely determined by the rankings at the end of the World Cup rounds.

The women's race will start at 13:10 CET, followed by the men's race at 14:30 CET.

Live streams

Follow Cyclingnews on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for alerts on important stories and action during the cyclo-cross season. Meanwhile, ExpressVPN can help you watch the races, no matter your location.

The races are being aired live in Dutch on various channels: Sporza, VTM, Proximus and Telenet Play Sports in Belgium, and Eurosport and NOS in the Netherlands. Check below for a full list of races and broadcasters airing them.

Outside of Belgium, many of the races will be live streamed on GCN Racing, while the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and World Championships are normally broadcast on the UCI Youtube channel.

The opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Tabor will be hosted on FloBikes in the USA and Canada.

If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find that the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.

TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN, you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.

Cyclo-cross schedule & broadcasters

Date

Race

Belgium

Netherlands

Outside Belgium

11/28/20

X2O Trophy Kortrijk

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

11/29/20

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Tabor

Telenet, Proximus (non-restricted)

Eurosport, NOS

GCN Racing, FloBikes (USA/CAN)

December

12/5/20

Telenet Superprestige - Boom

Telenet, Proximus (non-restricted)

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/12/20

X2O Trophy Scheldecross

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/19/20

Telenet Superprestige - Gavere

Sporza, Proximus

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/20/20

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Namur

Telenet, Proximus

Eurosport, NOS

GCN Racing

12/22/20

Ethias Cross Essen

VTM

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/23/20

X2O Trophy Cyclocross Herentals

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/26/20

Telenet Superprestige - Zolder

Telenet, Proximus (non-restricted)

Eurosport

GCN Racing

12/27/20

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Dendermonde

Sporza, Proximus

Eurosport, NOS

GCN Racing

12/30/20

Ethias Sylvestercross

VTM

Eurosport

GCN Racing

January

1/1/21

X2O Trophy GP Sven Nys

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

1/2/21

Gullegemcross

Telenet Play Sports

GCN Racing

1/9/21

Belgian Championships

Sporza

1/9/21

Dutch Championships

1/16/21

Zilvermeercross Mol

Telenet Play Sports

1/17/21

International Cyclocross Rucphen

Telenet Play Sports

Eurosport

1/23/21

X2O Trophy Flandriencross

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

1/24/21

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Overijse

Telenet, Proximus

Eurosport, NOS

GCN Racing

1/30-1/31/2021

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Oostende

Sporza

Eurosport, NOS

GCN Racing

February

2/3/21

Ethias Parkcross

VTM

Eurosport

GCN Racing

2/6/21

Telenet Superprestige - Middelkerke

Telenet, Proximus (non-restricted)

Eurosport

GCN Racing

2/7/21

X2O Trophy Krawatencross

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

2/13/21

Ethias Meetjescross

VTM

Eurosport

GCN Racing

2/14/21

X2O Trophy Brussels Universities Cyclocross

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

2/20/21

Waaslandcross

Sporza

Eurosport

GCN Racing

We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.

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